Home Made Popsicle Ideas
If you’re kids are anything like mine, they want a snack every hour. In the summer they want ice cream and treats daily. Popsicles are something I’ve always tried to keep in the freezer for quick grab snacks that make them feel like they are getting a refreshing treat as well.
I have to also give a confession: no matter how many times I told myself I would make them homemade, I could never figure out the right flavor or consistency on my own. And figured its just easier to buy them.
I decided to give it one more go this week, and with a little help of Pinterest inspiration, I think I nailed it and have regained my mojo in the “homemade” sector. The kids are excited to eat them, and I’ve already come up with ideas for my own “mommy varieties.”
Keep It Simple
The Simple Fruit Popsicle:
As a working mom of 3, I am ALL about EASY and quick. Below is the recipe that will be the base of my fruit popsicles for the summer and years to come.
While the recipe (and what I started with) calls for Watermelon, you can insert any fruit that you and your family enjoy. Sweeter fruits will obviously lend to a better overall taste.
For added “fun” you can insert whole pieces of fruit into the mold prior to freezing.
*Note on the recipe: I did NOT strain the blended fruit mixture prior to pouring and freezing. And I felt it turned out just fine! Save the trouble, time and extra dishes.
Recipe Credit: jollyhomemaderecipes.com
Prep time: 5 min
Freeze time: 2-4 hours
Makes 6-10 popsicles depending on size of mold
Cubed ripe watermelon flesh – 4 cups
Freshly squeezed lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
Sugar – 1 tablespoon (option of honey in place of)
- Blend all ingredients in a blender
- Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl *optional- I did not
- Pour into molds and freeze until solid (overnight is ideal)
When you’re ready for a change up, the Creamsicle is a great way to do so. It is the perfect combination of creamy yet lite and refreshing.
This recipe also keeps with the theme of being quick and easy.
I stayed true to the recipe and did Orange as the flavor. You could incorporate other flavors as long as you have that flavor of juice as your liquid base.
I also cut the honey down to 1/2 the recommended amount, and did 1/2 tbsp of sugar due to my kids not being a huge honey fan. I found it tasted plenty sweet. The greek yogurt I used was 2% Fage brand for its thickness and creamy taste.
Recipe Credit: milehighmitts.com
Prep Time: 10min
Freeze Time: 2-4 hours
Makes 6-10 popsicles depending on size of the mold
- 1 1/2 cup orange juice (your favorite kind)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I prefer Fage 2%)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Zest of 1 orange
Add all of your ingredients to a blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Dip a spoon in and taste the batter, if you’d like more vanilla flavor add a little more vanilla. If you’d like more orange flavor, I’d recommend adding more orange zest NOT orange juice.
Pour the mixture into each Popsicle mold, leaving at least 1/2 inch of empty space at the top of the mold.
Put your lids on top of each Popsicle mold, and place the Popsicles into your freezer, for at least two hours (or till the Popsicles are frozen entirely).
To eat, remove the Popsicle from the freezer and run it (still in the mold) under warm water for about a minute. This will make the Popsicle easier to remove from the mold!